Cycling Vietnam's Mountain Tracks 8 Days

A 8 day trip to Vietnam 
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This adventure holiday includes a brief glimpse of Hanoi, an overnight railway journey, visiting at least a dozen different ethnic minority communities en-route, unspoiled traditions and customs, local markets, Dien Bien Phu City, wartime relics.

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General Information

Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Hanoi. Sapa, Tam Duong, Phong Tho, Lai Chau, Dien Bien

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Our mountain tracks cycling adventures tours begin with …
time to recover from your flight and a welcome dinner before boarding the overnight train to Sapa.

Meals: one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel, evening pickups for your meal and railway station

Familiarizing in Sapa: 1 day cycling around the area

A modest 30k ride to meet explore of the many ethnic minority villages around Sapa – a bit ‘touristy', but lots to see and do.

Meals: one breakfast and one lunch
Escort/guide: from arrival at railway station to hotel and return

Heavens Gate and beyond: 
4 days cycling westward to Dien Bien Phu

This is where you leave the commercial world. After an authentic local market, the route twists and winds along bumpy roads and rough tracks against a magnificent panorama of mountain scenery. As the tortuous bends and gradients appear around the corner, small villages come into view down in the terraced valleys. The many different hill communities see few visitors, but most are eager to meet foreigners.

There's plenty of time to hike to some of the nearer villages or relax alongside the multitude of springs and torrents, or cool down in the larger pools. The clear air and tranquil setting seems light years from the rush and bustle of Hanoi .

As the mountains dwindle in size, the highways and buildings of Dien Bien Phu come into focus and the materialistic world reappears.

Meals: four breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners
Escort/guide: from arrival at railway station to hotel and return

Dien Biem Phu and departure: 2 days

Apart from the French, few people outside of Indochina are aware of the significance of this small mountain city. For Vietnamese people, it is revered as the battle that finally drove the French colonialists from the country. It's well worth a few hours looking around the war relicts and historical sites. Then, after lunch, you'll board the afternoon flight to Hanoi . Depending on your flight time on the next day, you may have some time to wander around the capital until your car arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport.


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.